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Parsons Cemetery Signage Project Receives Mini-Grant Funding

Parsons Cemetery, located in Salisbury, is today both operational and historic. According to their website, it is an urban green space, an outdoor museum, and in the words of architectural historian, Keith Eggener, urban cemeteries "are where life meets death, nature meets city, and present meets past.” Preservation Maryland recently bestowed Parsons Cemetery with the 2020 Best of Maryland Community Choice Award.

Over the past several years, the Parsons Cemetery Advisory Board has worked hard to develop walking tours in Parsons Cemetery. Seven tours have been developed and more are being planned for future release. In addition to the tours, Parsons Cemetery is an active participant in the Wreaths Across America program which honors veterans at Christmas time.

Over the past year, a comprehensive database was created to identify all the veterans who are interred in Parsons Cemetery so they can be recognized, even those who have no markers. Work is now underway to create a comprehensive database of all first responders interred in the cemetery. Ultimately, the Board’s goal is to make the information in the Cemetery Information Management System (CIMS) available to the public, so they can search for and locate any person interred in Parsons Cemetery.

However, this information is not very useful if people are not easily able to locate graves. Thus, the Board believes the installation of signage is a critical next step in the continued development of self-guided tours and other activities like Wreaths Across America.

Currently, there are no signs which delineate the layout of the cemetery. Parson’s Cemetery is broken into 9 sections with 40 rows of plots. Through the strategic placement of 19 signs at various points in the cemetery, the signs will make it easier for people to complete the self-guided tours in a timely manner. The signs will also make it easier for visitors to locate a specific person interred in Parsons. The impact of these signs will be immediate and long-lasting, as the signs will be a permanent feature of the cemetery. Work is expected to be completed by June 2021.

YAY to New Members!

We can’t do what we do without you, so we’d like to say a huge thanks to these new members for their support:
Sylvia Bradley
Mindie Burgoyne        
Lisa Challenger        
John Culp
Jill Hall            
Curtis Dale
Michael Day
Nancy Goldsmith                
Kristen Goller
Jackie Gordon
Jill Hall
Jamie Heater            
Ann Hillyer
Nancy Howard            
Bill Killinger
Jack Lenox
Duke Marshall                
Bob Schreiber    
Laura Soper        
Brent Zaprowski
Ayers Creek Adventures
Berlin Heritage Foundation
Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine    
Chesapeake Ghost Tours
Choptank Communications
Delmarva Discovery Museum
Duke Marshall Group
Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce
Ocean City Surf Club
Town of Berlin/Economic Development
Town of Snow Hill
WatersEdge Kayak Club
Wicomico County Tourism
Worcester Tourism
The new virtual tour of the Delmarva Discovery Center was made possible by the Humphreys Foundation. 

Beach to Bay Receives Grant from the Humphreys Foundation

We are so excited to join forces with the Humphreys Foundation to further build our library of virtual tours for our museums, historic sites, and our beautiful heritage area. Humphreys Foundation has awarded us $10,000 in funding to advance these efforts.

The BBHA works closely with our small museums and historic sites. During this pandemic year, most had to close or drastically reduce their hours, reducing admission revenues. The BBHA has also partnered with the Rural Maryland Council - Maryland Agriculture Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund to begin producing 4-6 minute virtual video tours for as many of our local attractions as possible. So far we've filmed five tours and completed these four: 

Delmarva Discovery Center
Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum
Purnell Museum
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

Many museums across the country are taking this route in order to help increase awareness and visitation even while their doors remain closed. Funding will go directly toward producing more videos. We strongly believe these virtual video tours will encourage and foster a greater appreciation among residents and potential visitors to the site and strengthen its value to the community. 
Love on Tap VIRTUAL Shore Craft Beer Fest
On February 26-27, Shore Craft Beer and OCDC will broadcast a LIVE food and beer pairing competition and live music from Stealing Savannah in the 4-story atrium of the Princess Royale. A VIRTUAL & live event. LEARN MORE.

Robert Charles “Biggie” Long of Princess Anne in Somerset County had a cannery at Westover. He processed large acreages of tomatoes every year. Here he examines the latest crop and strikes a deal with growers. This photo is from the Nabb Center's exhibit, Delmarva: People, Place and Time.

Delmarva: People, Place and Time​
The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture is committed to documenting and preserving the region’s history. This exhibit presents an introduction to the region and showcases a small sampling of the archival and artifact collections that are stored on-site and are accessible for students, staff faculty, and members of the community for their research.

Exhibit, Life In Watercolor: The Works of Katherine Wood Day
Through March 19
On display in the Robinson Gallery, Salisbury Art Space, with all works for sale as a fundraiser to Salisbury Art Space and Salisbury A&E District. Open Fridays and Saturdays, Noon-5pm, 3rd Fridays til 8pm.

Virtual Comic Workshop
February 27, March 20 and April 10
Learn from  local comic book creator Josh Shockley. Each session will be 90 minutes and presented virtually through teleconference. Shockley is a local independent comic book writer, artist and inker and is the co- founder of PLB Comics, a locally based independent comic book publisher. 

5th Annual Ocean City Film Festival
March 4-11
Watch more than 80 independent films from 15 states and 11 countries, all from your own armchair. 

Vote Berlin as your favorite small town for craft beer!
Berlin has been chosen by a panel of beer experts as one of 20 American towns with the best beer scenes in the nation for their size (under 30,000 residents)! Now USA Today's 10Best is asking readers to vote for their favorite 10 out of those 20 towns. You can vote for Berlin once per day until voting ends on Tuesday, March 16 at 12pm. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 26.
Enjoy a Tour of Crabs and Oysters on the Shore

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Steamed Hard Crabs
Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Blue Crab is iconic – and tasty! 

Chesapeake Blue Crabs get their name from their bright blue claws. Once they are steamed, their olive green shells turn bright red. Crabmeat is a staple in many regional dishes including Maryland crab soup, cream of crab soup, crab cakes, crab Imperial and more, but there are few things better than a spectacular sunset along the shores of the bay with cold Maryland craft beer and hot steamed crabs.

Soft Shell Crabs
Early in the crab season, soft shell crabs are readily available and make for a delectable savory dish. Pan-fried with butter and seasonings or deep fried, soft shell crabs are a culinary adventure. Because the shell is soft, the crab is cooked and eaten whole-legs and all!

Soft shell crabs are the same species as Chesapeake Blue Crabs, but they are harvested when the crabs are molting. Crabs shed their shells as they grow larger and no longer fit into their old exoskeleton. When their shell has been recently shed, the new larger shell is thin and papery at first, making for a soft shell crab.

In the cooler months oysters are the Maryland seafood of choice. Oysters are traditionally harvested from the wild in months containing an “r.” Try them raw from a variety of locations around the bay. The varying salinity and environments create wonderful flavor differences. After a dozen shucked oysters, go for a serving of creamy oyster stew, crispy fried oysters, or Oysters Rockefeller.

While wild oysters are still dredged from the bay, aquaculture farms are helping to increase oyster populations and provide oysters for year-round enjoyment. Some oyster farms offer tours and tastings. Take a skipjack cruise, the Chesapeake Bay’s traditional oystering boat, to learn about the traditional methods of harvesting oysters--once called the white gold of the Chesapeake, because they were in such high demand.

To learn where to find these tasty items on the menu, check out the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail in the Beach to Bay Heritage Area.

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Help preserve, protect, and promote the Lower Eastern Shore's cultural traditions, historic sites, and natural landscapes by becoming a member of the Beach to Bay Heritage Area! Stay connected to our exciting projects and programs, learn about funding opportunities and ways to get involved.

We are partnering with the Rural Maryland Council to create online virtual tours of our historic sites, attractions and museums in order to encourage folks to get back to visiting when the time is right.

We are partners with the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to encourage and enable all of our heritage area stakeholders here on the shore to apply for capital improvement projects, whether it is façade improvements, building a new exhibit or creating handicap accessibility.


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